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Monday, July 10, 2006

RWS 5G Magnum

by Tex Force

The RWS 5G Magnum is one of the most powerful spring piston pistols made. It is ahead of the Beeman Hurricane and about equal to Beeman's powerful P1. RWS touted it as a 700 f.p.s. pistol, but it really shoots in the mid-500s with standard lead pellets. It might get close to 700 with Gamo's new Raptor pellet, but expect around 500 to 550 with pellets you are most likely to shoot.

RWS 5G Magnum is a large pellet pistol. Tex says it's like a short rifle.

A breakbarrel pistol
This pistol is powered by a spring-driven piston that's cocked by breaking the barrel down. This is identical to breakbarrel rifles, and, in fact, that's what the mechanism is based on. It's really a small rifle action housed in a pistol grip. That's good, because it means the gun is very accurate, besides being powerful. Shooting from a rest, you can expect groups the size of a dime at 15 and sometimes even 20 yards.

The barrel breaks all the way down to cock the spring that powers the piston. The screw in front of the trigger is for adjustment of trigger-pull.

Quick target acquisition
The front and rear sights have fiber-optic inserts for quick acquisition of the sight picture in field conditions. This gun is not really set up to accept a scope, so plan to use the sights it comes with. They're sporting sights, not target sights. Put the red dot of the front sight on the spot you want to hit instead of using a target-type 6 o'clock hold.

Adjustable trigger
The two-stage trigger is both crisp and adjustable. The first-stage length and the pull-weight can be adjusted, then locked down so they don't change. The normal breaking weight is about 3.3 lbs.

Power and accuracy for a lot less money!
The 5G Magnum is just over half the price of Beeman's P1 pistol but just as accurate and powerful. It's even less expensive than the Beeman Tempest or the Beeman Hurricane, but it's more accurate and more powerful than either of those fine pistols. So this is one heck of a buy!

What pellets?
For an airgun this accurate, you'll want to use the best pellets. Beeman's H&N Match pellets are a great pellet for the 5G, as are Compasseco's own Tech Force Match pellets.

A year-round airgun
Because it's spring-powered, the 5G will work in all kinds of weather and at any temperature. This is not a gun you have to put away for the winter. That spring also saves you the cost of CO2 cartridges. Simply cocking the pistol gives you more power than any pneumatic or gas pistol can offer. If you're looking for an air pistol to keep and use for years to come, the 5G Magnum might be just the ticket.


  • Nice post Tex,
    I was wondering if you planed on doing a post on the TF99 in 22 or something similar so I can compare my TF99 to it.Just a thought,


    By Blogger sav300, at 1:39 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • sav300,

    Sure, I can do that.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 2:24 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • Tex,
    Thanks for doing that I will look forward to it. I also for got to ask, where do I go to on compasseco's web sight to order a synthetic seal for my TF99 mag? I was reading on charlie da tuna's web sight that they carry the synthetic seals. I am looking to order about 2 or 3.
    Thanks again,


    By Blogger sav300, at 3:50 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • sav300,

    That's a call-in order.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:06 AM, July 11, 2006  

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